Best new Japanese TV Shows (2017 overview - TV & Netflix)

‘J Drama’ isn’t a genre for everyone. It’s soapy, kitschy, to say the least, just like its South-Korean counterpart. Still, a fun pool to dive into if you’re in for something else. Below you’ll find our selection of the best Japanese television series.
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best Japanese TV series of 2017 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Yasuharu Ishii, Hiroaki Matsuyama & TBS Television Japan's best creators?

2017 releases - most anticipated titles to watch

Ao No Exorcist: Kyoto Fujouou-hen (1-1-2017 )
StarringNobuhiko Okamoto, Jun Fukuyama & Kana Hanazawa

A Life: Itoshiki Hito (7-1-2017 )

One of the few Japanese shows coming out that is not animated. A Medical drama.
StarringTakuya Kimura, Yûko Takeuchi & Ken'ichi Matsuyama
Themesdrama, medical,

Best Japanese TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

Best Japanese TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Karei-naru ichizoku (Since 14-1-2007 , Season: 1 - TBS Television)
  2. A close-up of the power struggles within the very rich Manpyo family.

    StarringTakuya Kimura, Kyôka Suzuki & Kazue Fukiishi
    Similar tv showsDensha Otoko, Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi
    Themessecond world war, drama,
    Keywordsdramatic, entertaining,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Liar Game (Since 14-4-2007 , Season: 2 - Fuji Network System)
  4. A manga series about a girl who is dragged into 'The Liar Game Tournament', a real-life game in wich participants have cheat and lie to win other participants' money.

    CreatorHiroaki Matsuyama
    Starring Erika Toda, Shôta Matsuda & Michiko Kichise
    Similar tv showsValid Love, My Secret Hotel
    Themescompetition, drama,
    Keywordsadventurous, based on a novel, dramatic,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Change (Since 12-5-2008 , Season: 1 - Fuji Television)
  6. A simple school teacher - with no particular interest in politics - becomes the Prime Minister within a few seconds. Talk about change! Fun and interesting show.

    StarringTakuya Kimura, Eri Fukatsu & Akira Terao
    Similar tv showsHero
    Themespolitics, drama,
    Keywordsadvanced, authentic, complex,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Hana yori dango (Since 21-10-2005 , Season: 1 - Tokyo Broadcasting System)
  8. Hana yori dango ('Boys over Flowers') follows Makino, who is repelled by her superficial classmates during high school.

    CreatorYasuharu Ishii
    StarringMao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto & Shun Oguri
    Similar tv showsMinami Shineyo
    Themeshigh school, love, comedy, romance,
    Keywordsadorable, charming, competitive, conversational,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Tiger & Dragon (Since 9-1-2005 , Season: 1 - Japan News Network)
  10. The paths of a debt-collector and a comedian cross through a gril named Megumi.

    CreatorTBS Television
    StarringGen Hoshino, Jun'ichi Kômoto & Arata Furuta
    Similar tv showsKisarazu Cat's Eye
    Themestradition, comedy,
    Keywordsadorable, funny,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Japan country statistics

Country popularity
Country ranking#7
Familiar facesGen Hoshino, Jun'ichi Kômoto & Arata Furuta
Trending showsKarei naru ichizoku, Liar Game & Change
Amount of country shows per year from 2010 to 2017

28 Japanese TV series scheduled for release this year.

A decline in the production of Japanese films is taking place. From 304 tv shows in 2010 down to 171 in 171 in 2016. It' still an impressive number. The majority of the shows released are Anime or animation.